A patron wanted the list of terms for each decade of age. You know -- octogenarian for people in their eighties, nonagenarian for people in their nineties. I just entered "octogenarian nonagenarian" into google and presented the patron with a list of terms from Wikipedia and let her get on about her day.
I knew the terminology beforehand, so getting a list for her purposes was not a problem. But, me being me, I tried to find this list again assuming I didn't know anything from the results. And, online at least, stumbled at finding the right search terms and found some way wrong results.
A little link love from my missteps
- A couple of scientists are betting on living to 150
- New vocabulary words reflect new thinking on ageing (disorders of longevity, ageing-in communities, etc.,)
- One of president Polk's campaign slogans was "fifty-four forty or fight"
- A parent-education pamphlet could help you determine if your child is a hippie...
- And other fun facts from the 1970s.
I eventually found another way to get at the answers with the reverse dictionary at onelook.com.